Insight Online – November 2019

Welcome to the latest issue of Insight Online - the regular mailing that keeps you up-to-date on PDA news and events, as well as issues that may affect you at work.

Fri 22nd November 2019 The PDA

In this issue:

Help shape the future of your pharmacy career at the PDA National Conference

Join us at the PDA National Conference ‘Shaping the Future: Overcoming the Challenges to Seize the Opportunities‘ and hear from some of the most influential people in pharmacy from the UK and overseas.

View the programme today and keep on eye out over the next few months as we reveal even more insightful guests speakers as well as exclusive conference announcements. This is an event not to be missed!


Stand for election to your Regional Committee: Nominations now open

Do you want to have your voice heard, help improve the working lives of pharmacists and make a difference to the pharmacy sector? If so, you have until 6 December to put yourself forward to stand for election to your PDAU Regional Committee.

We would like eligible members with the drive, skills and experience, to assume leadership roles by nominating themselves as candidates for election. Training will be provided. Minimum commitment of 3 – 6 days per year.


PDA strengthens trade union team

The PDA has appointed Collette Bradford, former Director of Organising at the National Education Union, as a new Head of Organising and Engagement. This new senior appointment brings further trade union leadership experience to the PDA’s senior team.

“I’m really excited to join the PDA at this time of growth. Significant developments such as the recognition at Boots and the plans with NAWP have launched a new chapter in PDA’s activity where members can do more and get more through their membership. It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of the team building these structures and union capacity. I’ve already seen for myself some of the challenges that pharmacists face and can see the importance of the PDA organising, representing and defending members at work. I’m looking forward to making a positive difference for Pharmacists and helping to develop a stronger PDA.”


PDA attends the Scottish Pharmacy Awards 2019

The PDA was delighted to be actively involved in the 17th annual Scottish Pharmacy Awards which were presented at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow earlier this month. Each year, we sponsor the Student Leadership category in the Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish Pharmacy Awards. We are pleased to be a sponsor and active participant in these awards and appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the great pharmacy practice that exists in the UK.

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PDA urgent guidance for all PDA members following critical incidents 

The PDA defends pharmacists when things go wrong, but it also supports members in ensuring that they practice safely and effectively in order to prevent them from getting into difficulty in the first place through avoiding critical incidents that may harm patients.

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PDA responds to BEIS Flexible working and family-related leave and pay consultation

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has consulted on ways to encourage employers to be more transparent about their approach to flexible working and to parental leave policies.

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Boots Pay Settlement Member Survey

In October, the PDA Union secured the first-ever negotiated pay settlement for Boots pharmacists and pre-registration trainees. We now want to hear feedback so that we can begin to prepare the 2020 pay claim. If you are a member of the bargaining unit at Boots, please help us to help you by completing the survey and encouraging other colleagues in the bargaining unit to complete it too – whether or not they are PDAU members.

Complete the survey here

 Find out how you could win a luxury Christmas hamper worth £100!

If you’re a pharmacy student, pre-reg trainee or pharmacist, we are giving you the chance to win a luxury Christmas hamper worth £100! To enter our big Christmas hamper competition, simply follow us on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram and share our competition post.

Exclusive PDA Plus Winter Break Offer 

Quorn Grange Hotel is delighted to offer you an exclusive leisure break for Trade Union members. Throughout December, January, February and March* get the chance to stay at this beautiful hotel in Leicestershire for two nights at just £85 per person. The package offered is for:

  • Welcome drink on arrival
  • 2 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 course dinner with half a bottle of wine

For more information about this great offer, log in to PDA Plus.

*Conditions Apply. Not available on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve or 14 February 2020.

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